• BellaMedica Staff

6 Things to Know Before Trying Dermal Fillers

Our bodies naturally change with age, and those differences might include new wrinkles on our faces or cheekbones that aren’t as high as they once were. Dermal fillers can help minimize these signs of aging.

However, these changes are completely normal and occur when we lose some of the subcutaneous fat that supports our skin. Over time, the skin on the middle of our faces shifts down too, causing our cheeks to sag a bit. Filler can be used to help lift and add support. It can also help soften wrinkles.

There are several categories of dermal fillers, and they’re all generally administered in the same way (more on that in a bit). Before electing to have any type of cosmetic or medical procedure, it’s important to understand what the process entails and any potential risks. Below, you’ll find information you should know about dermal fillers.

1. What exactly are dermal fillers?

Dermal fillers are not to be confused with Botox, which "freezes" muscles to reduce wrinkles. Dermal fillers are injectable implants approved by the FDA to help smooth skin and wrinkles. As the name implies, they are injected beneath your skin using a needle.

Hyaluronic acid, a common ingredient in fillers and also a common ingredient in some skincare products, is one of the most popular types of fillers. Hyaluronic acid helps skin retain moisture, and make your face look more plump and hydrated. It's also used in lotions as a moisturizer, but no cream can restore lost volume—only injectable hyaluronic acid can do that. Juvéderm, Revanesse Versa and Restylane are three popular name brand hyaluronic fillers.

2. Why do people get dermal fillers?

BellaMedica patients come in saying “they just want to look a little better,” without turning to cosmetic surgery. Dermal fillers are used to add in volume and smooth out wrinkles, which patients rave about.

Dermal fillers are particularly popular because patients see differences in their appearances before leaving her office. Generally, people notice the desired changes from other non-surgical procedures, like Botox, after a few days.

3. What precautions should I take before getting fillers?

It probably goes without saying, but safety should be your top priority when considering any medical procedure. BellaMedica has both board-certified medical professionals and Master Aestheticians on staff as one way to ensure that your procedure will be done safely and correctly.

Even though dermal fillers are available at medical spas, you should see only licensed and trained physicians for any injectable treatment. There are risks for issues like infection, discoloration, and lumps if injections are done incorrectly.

Given that this is a cosmetic procedure, you understandably want to be satisfied with the results. One way to find a doctor whose work you like is by asking friends who have had this done for their recommendations.

Before After (Filler: Revanesse Versa)

4. What are the possible side effects of fillers?

Even non-surgical procedures have their risks. The most common side effects include bruising, redness, pain, or swelling, all of which should go away within two weeks, according to the FDA.

5. Are dermal fillers permanent?

If you're unhappy with the way filler looks, don't panic—in most cases, you can have it adjusted. A Aesthetician or Medical Doctor might inject additional filler for balance, or they can dissolve it altogether, depending on the type. The wonderful thing about hyaluronic acid fillers is that there's an enzyme that can be injected into the area to dissolve the product. It just goes away.

But when expertly injected, filler should look natural. The changes we can make are so subtle that nobody would notice.

6. How long will the results last?

Since the majority of fillers aren’t permanent, you'll have to keep going back to the doctor’s office if you love the results following your procedure. After about six months, your body naturally breaks down hyaluronic acid fillers. So, you have to get touch-ups once or twice a year to maintain the look. However, this is good news if you just want to try fillers once or twice, since the effects will fade away without any long-term risks.

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